Benki, founder of the Yorenka Tasorentsi Institute, is an indigenous political and spiritual leader from the Ashaninka tribe working for the preservation of nature and the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples, their cultures and lands. He fully commits himself to healing the world through the traditional knowledge that has been passed down from his ancestors.
MAKING IT HAPPEN
A group of over 15 young leaders of indigenous and non-indigenous descent has been accompanying Benki Piyãko for the past 10-15 years and are trained in agroforestry, traditional medicinal practices, construction, administration and more. They are responsible for the development and organizational structure of the Yorenka Tasorentsi center.
ETHICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISOR
Charles B. Rossi is a Human Rights and environmental lawyer based in the Juruá Basin, in western Amazon. He also co-founded the Fronteiras Institute (http://ifronteiras.org) and works as a Law Professor for the Federal University of Acre. Before moving to the Amazon, Charles lived and worked as a volunteer in Africa in the peace building process of the Bakongo people after the civil war, had a corporate career in industry and went back to the university where he got his masters degree in Economics and doctorate degree in Law, from the University of Sao Paulo.
indigenous affairs ADVISOR
Carolina Schneider Comandulli has been supporting indigenous peoples in the Amazon and Atlantic rainforests for the past 15 years. She has held key positions in the government/policy sector, working directly with local indigenous organisations, including several positions at the National Foundation for Indigenous Affairs (FUNAI) and has acted as a consultant for many NGOs.
She is the co-founder of CLOSER, a multidisciplinary research group on Brazilian socio-environmental research, and a member of the Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) research group and of the Centre for the Anthropology of Sustainability (CAOS). Carolina has an MSc in Anthropology and Ecology of Development from UCL and is currently finishing her PhD thesis at UCL Anthropology.
Flore Ferjani was born and raised in Tunisia and moved to New York City at the age of 8 where she spent 7 years before moving to France. Studying at international schools until the age of 18, she continued her higher education in a French Business School, specializing in International Business and Marketing. She held a variety of roles in the aviation industry like general marketing, partner communications, and regional marketing.
Flore is now dedicated to the protection of nature through the Institute’s activities.
Flore speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic.
INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS ADVISOR
Jairo Lima is an anthropologist and has dedicated the past 25 years to indigenous affairs in the Juruá region including the development of indigenous organizations and co-writing education materials for indigenous schools. Throughout his experience he became an advisor and consultant in strategic and organisational planning, as well as creation and project management.